Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) & C/2020 V2 (ZTF)

Kent Blackwell

Those of you who know me, I'm not one to get up at the crack of dawn to look at a dim comet. Well, I've done it twice. I saw it last Wednesday in a 5" refractor and this morning at 3:00 am in the 25". For we amateur astronomers it's a good telescopic comet, but nowhere near as pretty as NEOWISE of a few years ago. I did see comet  C/2020 V2 (ZTF) last Sunday in the evening skies with my 10" Orion Dobsonian. I was impressed how bright it is. My notes read, "Very bright 10.5 magnitude comet in the constellation Cassiopeia. I tried the Lumicon comet filter and all it did was make the comet disappear."

C/2020 is easy to find all night in the northeaster portion of Cassiopeia. Currently it's 10.6 magnitude so should be an easy target under a moderately dark sky with a 8" telescope.